Last Updated on December 17, 2020 by Novotaste
Herbal teas have long been at the forefront of sleep-promoting beverages. Ingredients like chamomile or valerian have been consumed as infusions for their relaxing properties for centuries. Herbal teas also have the advantage of being natural and plant-based at a time when consumers are actively seeking these attributes.
However, herbal teas are not the only beverages that can speak to consumer desire for calming attributes. A new wave of functional relaxation drinks is appearing with targeted sleep-promotion claims. Relaxation drinks are not new but have never been able to break into the mainstream. Early products in the category suffered from unclear messaging about usage and had long ingredient lists at a time when functional beverages were moving sharply in the direction of clean labels.
The newer functional relaxation products shortened their ingredient lists, offering lighter, more natural products. They are also increasing use of trendier ingredients like CBD that were not found in earlier iterations.
Larger soft drink companies are especially interested in this area. PepsiCo’s Driftwell falls into this space, as does Coca-Cola’s Chill Out, a hemp-based beverage currently available only in Japan but a sign that Coke is looking into this category. Relaxation drinks did not get this sort of backing from major soft drink players initially, suggesting the increased market potential.
Other emergent beverage categories with a sleep focus could arise in the future as well. One space that has seen only a small amount of interest so far but could pick up is alcohol alternatives.